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Undergraduate Minor in Information Sciences

The Information Sciences Minor will teach you about the impact of information and information technology on society, individuals and organizations. You will acquire information and technology literacy skills enabling you to know how and where to find information, how to use it strategically, and how to design information containers and access systems in a variety of settings. You will also learn how policies governing access and control of information resources are set and how policy affects organizations, individuals and society.

The Minor in Information Sciences complements majors in all fields, including liberal arts and sciences, engineering, applied life sciences, commerce, business administration, the humanities, education and human ecology. 

Requirements for the Information Sciences Minor

The Minor requires 18 hours of coursework, which must include:

  • INSC 201: Foundations of Information Science
  • INSC 210: Foundations of Information Technology
  • INCS 311: User Centered Design

INSC 201, 210, and 311 replace the pre-2019 catalog requirements of CCI 150, INSC 102 and INSC 310. If following a previous catalog year, please contact the School at sis@utk.edu.

  • Nine (9) Hours of Additional Information Sciences (INSC) Courses

Any 3 INSC courses can be counted towards the 18 credit hour requirement of the IS&T Minor. CCI 150: Communication in an Information Age can also be counted as an elective.

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Declaring for the Minor in IS&T

Students should declare their intent to complete the Information Sciences minor as early as possible by contacting us at sis@utk.edu, and completing a student Information Sciences Minor Application form. You must declare your intent to complete the Minor when you submit the application for a degree, if you wish the Minor to be listed on your transcript.

Information Sciences Minor Application Form

Admission to Information Science Courses

All students are welcome to take courses offered as part of the Infomation Sciences Minor. Students who have officially committed to the Minor will be given priority during registration.


Online Options

Online and on-campus classes are offered only in the fall semesters, while spring and summer semesters currently only offer online, asynchronous classes.

Synchronous online classes consist of students and instructors attending classes in real-time, with each student needing to be online to participate. Asynchronous classes consist of students working on their own time to complete their work during timeframes designated by the instructor.